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Detroit fans chant, “We want Rip”

Jan 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Rip Hamilton sat again Monday, a fourth consecutive DNP-CD on the scorecard (Did Not Play, Coach’s Decision).

Some Pistons fans want none of it and started chanting “We want Rip” during the team’s victory over Dallas Monday, according to the Detroit News. Admittedly it wasn’t a huge roar, but at least some fans realize that this team is better when he plays (although they didn’t need him against the slumping Mavericks).

Almost certainly the benching is so he doesn’t get injured because he is part of the proposed three-team Carmelo Anthony trade and the Pistons really want that to happen. Of course, with coach John Kuester’s erratic lineups we can never be totally sure, but even he would not bench Rip this long. It is about the trade.

It seems Hamilton has played his last game as a Piston, even if the Anthony deal falls through Hamilton will be moved somewhere. But for now he sits, and those chants may grow louder.

  1. sham13ert - Jan 18, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    “Admittedly it wasn’t a huge roar, but at least some fans realize that this team is better when he plays”

    According to 82games.com:

    http://www.82games.com/1011/1011DET2.HTM

    The best 5 man unit they have is Stuckey – Prince – Gordon – Villanueva and Wallace with a combined +/- of +21.

    The second best 5 man unit is that same lineup is minus wallace and insert monroe with a +/- of +14.

    The two worst units are the ones containing Hamilton in place of Gordon, incidentally, these are the two most used starting lineups this year, and would probably account for why Detroit has been so horrible in the third.

    Even as this team sits in mediocrity, they’re statistically the worst third quarter team in the league, blowing half-time leads in most games.

    If you look at the +/- on the year, Hamilton is the worst player on the team with a combined -182 +/-.

    You can’t put it all on Rip, but you can put a lot of it on Rip’s attitude and how he and other vets have held this team hostage with their poor attitudes, while berating the coach publicly via the media.

    and that my friends, is how you undermine a team.

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